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Sirius XM: no Howard Stern news today

November 18, 2010

Howard Stern

Fans of Howard Stern hoping to hear whether the shock jock will stay at Sirius XM might be disappointed if they tune into his channels, Howard 100 and Howard 101 Thursday afternoon. The Internet was atwitter after a web report said Stern was set to announce where he was taking his talents once his $500 million contract expires this year.

But Sirius XM denies that there will be any announcement.  In fact spokesman Patrick Reilly said TheStreet.com misunderstood CFO David Frear’s comments, during an investor conference, about Stern’s future.

Here’s what actually happened, according to Reilly: Responding to a question about Stern and his contract, Frear asked whether the person was a Sirius XM subscriber. When the inquisitor said “no”, he told her to go out and “buy a radio this afternoon” so she could tune into Stern’s show.

(The web site has since updated its post to reflect the comments from Reilly. But the rumor persists. )

Even if no news comes today, there are still plenty of lingering questions about Stern and Sirius’s future — with or without him.

Here is what Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin said last year about the prospect of negotiations with the radio icon.

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